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University of Queensland is hacking through perceptions that cybersecurity is a 'man's game'

  • 2 yrs ago

Australia's cybersecurity experts are aiming to tackle an issue plaguing the industry worldwide — the perception that what they do is a "boy thing".

Queensland University of Technology computer science graduate Georgia Brady is painfully aware of the gender imbalance.

"The cybersecurity industry is still very much a man's game because that's the way it's been, but programs like this are helping change that," she said.

The 21-year-old from Toowoomba is one of five students awarded a HP Women in Cyber Security scholarship at the University of Queensland (UQ).

According to the Federal Department of Home Affairs, Australia reflects a global trend of only about 10 per cent female participation in the workforce tasked with protecting digital integrity.

The UQ scholarship program, launched earlier this year, aims to open the door to stronger female representation in a crucial industry.

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